What is a Community Care Grant?
Community Care Grants are intended to support vulnerable people to return to, or to remain in, the community or to ease exceptional pressure on families. A Community Care Grant can provide for many different needs or expenses such as Household equipment, furniture and connection charges.
This is a discretionary grant - this means there is not an automatic right to the grant and each case is looked at on its own merits.
What can I get?
This depends on what your circumstances are and what you need the money for. If household goods are needed, we will give you a voucher which can be exchanged at certain shops for the items. If an award is given in the form of money it will be transferred directly into a nominated bank account, or in the form of a voucher which can be exchanged for cash at a Pay Point.
Please note that there are exclusions and restrictions on what we can provide.
What will it pay for?
A Community Care Grant can pay for many different needs or expenses. For example:
- furniture (like settee, curtains, wardrobe)
- household equipment (like cooker, fridge, washer, bed),
- travel costs
- removal expenses
- storage charges
- connection charges
Who can apply?
- You have to be a resident of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council area; or
- you are returning to the Bradford district after a stay in an institution or place in which you had care.
Also, you must be getting one of the following benefits:
- Income Support,
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance,
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-related),
- Pension Credit or payment on account of one of them,
- Universal Credit (but are not working for 16 hours or more per week); or
- you are due to leave an institution or care home within 6 weeks, and is likely to get one of those benefits or entitlements on leaving.
If an applicant, or their partner, is involved in a trade dispute they will not be eligible for a Community Care Grant
How do I apply?
You can apply from the 1st April 2013:
Apply for a Community Care Grant now
When do I apply?
If you are returning to the district after a stay in an institution or place in which you had care you can apply up to 6 weeks before being discharged. If you are applying for other reasons then you can apply as soon as you need to.
What happens next?
Once we have your application, we will usually decide whether to give you the grant within 10 working days.
We will then contact you to let you know of the decision.
If we have decided to give you an award, we will tell you how much you will get.
If we have decided not to give you an award, we will tell you why.
What if I don't agree with the decision?
You can ask for an initial review and you should do this as soon as you can and within 14 days of receiving notice of our decision. The review will be done by a Council officer who was not involved in making the original decision. After this, if you still don't agree with our decision, you can ask for a final review. This second request should be within 14 days.